Friday, August 29, 2008

Lillian Ask?



If Barack Obama had not been an African American with a mixed ethnic background do you think that white American would have been or will continue to be so accepting of him? I would love to hear your responses. It is a given that he is heavily educated and all of that, but if he had been a pure breed brother would he have garnered such support from other communities. Let me hear from you...Lillian C. Frazier...

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Leatha Patton said...

Explain exactly what is a pure-bred "brother". Most American blacks can only trace their African roots through their mother's DNA, NOT their father's because this will lead them back to Europe. As a matter of fact, I only know one that can trace ALL of their roots back to Africa and that is Isaiah Washington whose roots are in Sierra Leone. (He revealed this not too long ago.) So I think we as a people need to discard the notion that our experiences are so very different from Barack Obama whose father was from Kenya, formerly a colonized people. Never forget that each and every country in Africa was colonized except for Liberia and Ethiopia. Our African brothers succumbed to neo-slavery. I could go on and on, but I think the message is loud and clear.Lastly, the One Drop Rule still applies and that is why he is called an AFRICAN American--not necessarily because his father is from Africa, but because he is still considered a black man AND if he walked down the street as an ordinary citizen, unidentified without all his recent recognition, he could be stopped, harassed, beaten, and jailed by the police as our brothers routinely are.

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